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Job Title:Petroleum Engineer, GS-0881-05/07

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

Job Announcement Number:BSEE-CW-13-MM780723 (DEU)

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$35,657.00 to $56,859.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, November 19, 2012 to Monday, November 18, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0881-05/07

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Many vacancies in the following location(s):
Houma, LA View Map
Lafayette, LA View Map
Lake Charles, LA View Map
New Orleans Metro Area, LA
Clute, TX View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) works to promote safety, protect the environment, and conserve resources offshore through vigorous regulatory oversight and enforcement.

These positions are located in the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf Region for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.  These positions directly relate to the safety of operations, protection of equipment, conservation of natural resources and preservation of the environment as required by congressional laws, federal regulations, and lease stipulations.

 

The primary purpose of this position is to perform engineering analysis and routine inspections of oil, gas, and other mineral facilities and operations on the outer continental shelf of the United States.

 

These are Permanent, Full Time positions located Jefferson, Houma, Lake Charles, Lafayette Louisiana and in Clute Texas.

 

(LA):  GS-05     $35,657.00  -  $44,571.00       (TX):  GS-05     $35,657.00  -  $45,894.00
         GS-07     $44,176.00  -  $55,220.00                GS-07     $44,176.00  -  $56,859.00

 

Pay for this position will be set using a special pay provision effective through September 30, 2013 OR the OPM Special Rate Table Number 415 for Series 0881, Petroleum Engineer, OR the locality pay table for the duty location.  For more information on special pay provisions for this position go to:   http://www.bsee.gov/About-BSEE/Jobs/Special-Salary.aspx

 

TEMPORARY OPEN CONTINUOUS RECRUITMENT: Most positions are expected to start in January and be filled through June of 2013. There may be some positions that start earlier and/or end later. Applicants are encouraged to apply early in the recruitment process. The first certificate of candidates will be issued to the hiring unit no sooner than 20 working days after the opening date of the announcement. Additional certificates will be issued upon request from the hiring unit. When there are no applicants for specific locations, the search area may be broadened when generating certificates.

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination
  • You must submit ALL required documents and a completed questionnaire.
  • Relocation expenses WILL be authorized.
  • Travel may not be required.
  • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.

DUTIES:

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Major Duties

The major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

Engineering Analysis

  • Performs duties which are designed to provide orientation in the application of academic theories and basic principles to petroleum engineering work.
  • Conducts engineering analysis of production and operations on the Outer Continental Shelf and prepares engineering reports under the direction of the Production Operations Section Chief and/or the District Manager.

Inspections

  • Participates with higher level inspectors and engineers in preparing for, conducting, and reporting on inspections and investigations of offshore oil and gas facilities and conducts partial field audits of SEMS.

Training

  • Receives classroom and on-the-job training in oil, gas, or other mineral safety and environmental requirements. Attends selected training seminars, meetings, or other organizational activities.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify for this position you must meet the 1. Basic Educational Requirements AND 2. Selective Placement Factor AND 3. Specialized Experience (or education substitution where applicable) for the grade to which you are applying.


1.  Basic Educational Requirements:

Please Note: This position requires specific educational coursework to qualify. You MUST provide transcripts in order to verify that the educational requirements have been met. This information must be received by the closing date of the announcement. Failure to provide this information will result in you receiving an "INELIGIBLE" rating.

Petroleum Engineer GS-0881

You must meet the description in either A or B below to qualify for this position.

A.  Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.

-OR-

B.  Combination of education and experience--college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

1.  Professional registration--Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.

2.  Written Test- Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college of university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements in paragraph A.

Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination.
3.  Specified academic courses--Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A.
4.  Related curriculum--Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)


College or university education -- Educational course work may be at either the undergraduate or graduate level. Successful completion of graduate level courses will be accepted as evidence that an applicant also possesses the knowledge taught in courses at lower levels in the same field.

 

Applications can be accepted from students who expect to complete qualifying education within 9 months from the date of application. However, agencies must verify that the education was completed successfully before the applicant can be appointed.

 

Additional information can be found at: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp

 

2. Selective Placement Factor Requirement:
This vacancy has a selective placement factor; in order to qualify applicant must have a Petroleum Engineer Degree or the following courses:
            Drilling Engineering, and
            Drilling Fluids, and
            Well Logging, and
            Reservoir Fluid Properties, and
            Phase Behavior of Hydrocarbon Systems

3. Specialized Experience Requirement:

GS-5
Applicants who meet the basic education requirements for this position (outlined above) are fully qualified for the GS-5 level.
 

GS-7
Specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-05).

Examples of specialized experience include: assisting with routine engineering assignments, assisting in the maintenance of computer programs and databases utilized in engineering evaluations, assisting with the compilation, analysis, and interpretation of basic engineering data.

OR

Graduates of Professional Engineering Curricula who meet the Selective Placement Factor may qualify for the GS-7:

1. If they have superior academic achievement* at the baccalaureate level in a professional engineering curriculum.

2. Applicants who have an engineering degree and appropriate experience as a technician equivalent to grade GS-5 or higher may have such experience credited for grade GS-7 on a month-for-month basis up to a maximum of 12 months.         

3. If they have successfully completed a 5-year program of study of at least 160 semester hours leading to a bachelor’s degree in engineering.            

Superior academic achievement (S.A.A.) is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership.

1.     Class standing -- Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses.

2. Grade-point average (G.P.A.) -- Applicants must have a grade-point average of:

3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or

3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.

Grade-point averages are to be rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0 and 2.94 will round to 2.9.

The G.P.A should be credited in a manner that is most beneficial to the applicant. For example, applicants may list their G.P.A. as recorded on their final transcript, or they may choose to compute their G.P.A. The specific provisions are detailed below:

§  G.P.A. as recorded on the final transcript. The final transcript must cover the period being used to determine G.P.A., i.e., all 4 years or last 2 years.

§  G.P.A. including course work after bachelor's degree. Undergraduate course work obtained after an applicant has received a bachelor's degree can be credited in computing the G.P.A. of applicants who need those courses to meet minimum qualification requirements, i.e., the courses are required by the standard or by the individual occupational requirement. They are treated as described in the following example:

An applicant for a Biologist position has a bachelor's degree that included no biology course work, but has taken 24 semester hours in undergraduate biology courses after obtaining the bachelor's degree. The grades earned in the biology courses should be included in the computation to determine this applicant's eligibility for GS-7 under the Superior Academic Achievement provision. These courses should be counted in determining (1) the overall grade-point average, (2) the average obtained during the final 2 years of the undergraduate curriculum, and/or (3) the average in the major field of study. For purposes of this example, biology would be considered the major field of study.

§  G.P.A. excluding pass/fail courses. Applicants usually cannot claim credit based on their overall G.P.A. if more than 10 percent of their total credit was based on pass/fail or similar systems rather than on traditional grading systems. However, if they can document that only their freshman-year courses (25 percent or less of their total credit) were credited on a pass/fail or similar system, they can use their overall G.P.A. to claim Superior Academic Achievement. If 10 percent or fewer credits or only freshman-year courses were based on pass/fail or similar systems, such credits can be ignored and the G.P.A. computed on the graded courses. Applicants can, however, still claim credit based on their last 2 years if 10 percent or fewer credits were based on pass/fail or similar systems. Applicants who cannot claim credit under the G.P.A. requirements may claim credit for superior academic achievement only on the basis of class standing or honor society membership.

 

Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM’s website: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/num-ndx.asp

 


Education: If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide transcripts as proof of meeting the requirements. Failure to provide the documents will result in you receiving an ineligible rating.


Foreign Education: Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the specific educational requirements as stated above. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service system, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. http://www.sss.gov.

 

Veterans Preference: If you are entitled to veteran's preference, indicate the type of preference you are claiming on your resume, and in the occupational Online Questionnaire  Your veteran's preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. 

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR SOME ENGINEERS:  Frequent walking, bending, stooping, and climbing tall ladders during inspection of offshore oil and gas facilities; helicopter travel required.  As defined by the BSEE Medical Standards Program, you will be required to pass a Pre-Placement medical examination as a condition of employment.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your resume and responses to the self-assessment questions are an integral part of the process for determining your qualifications for this position.  Therefore, it is important that your resume supports your responses to the assessment questions.

 

There are several parts of the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application:

1. Your resume which is part of your USAJOBS profile
2. Your responses to the online questionnaire
3. Your required and supporting documents, as outlined in the announcement

 

Category Rating will be used in the ranking and selection process for this position.  The categories are Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified.  Veterans’ preference rules for category rating will be applied.

 

Once the application process is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements.  To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume, supporting documentation, and responses to the (Online Questionnaire) will be made. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire.  The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position.  Our review of your resume and/or supporting documentation must support your responses to the Online Questionnaire to accurately reflect your abilities.

 

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.


As part of the application process, you are required to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  •                   Technical Knowledge & Experience

o    Knowledge of specialized principles and applications of engineering practices applicable to petroleum operations on the OCS.

o    Knowledge of the processes, systems, equipment, and methods involved in offshore oil, gas, and mineral activates, proper maintenance and use of safety/environmental equipment; and proper behavior of individuals in and around facilities.

o    Participates and assists in accident investigations; and identifies apparent hazards and violations.

o    Knowledge of various computer programs and database management techniques, including system control language for extracting information and data from large data files.

Communication Skills

o    Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing in order to discuss facility engineering and/or drilling issues with company engineers or technical staff; to plan and carry out segments of different types of inspections; and to advise on routine safety and environmental issues and questions; to question workers about environmental and safety conditions at the facility during an inspection; to discuss facility-engineering issues with company engineers or technical staff.


BENEFITS:

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To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc .



OTHER INFORMATION:

Important Note: All Department of the Interior (DOI) employees are subject to the conflict of interest restrictions imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report. In addition, DOI (Office of the Secretary) and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) employees are further restricted concerning their holdings of Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior. This includes holding stock in corporations engaged in mining activities on Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.). Please refer to the BSEE webpage for Ethics located at: http://bsee.gov/About-Bsee/Ethics/Ethics.aspx for additional information. BSEE requires the highest level of integrity. Employees must be totally objective and impartial in the performance of their work. All potential issues (e.g.: work related interactions with friends, family members or previous employers) must be disclosed at the time of application or during the interview process.

 

If you are a status applicant (current permanent Federal employee or former permanent Federal employee with reinstatement eligibility), or are eligible under a special appointing authority and you are selected under this vacancy, you may be subject to serving a new one-year probationary period.

 

Beginning January 1, 2010, agencies must seek prior approval from OPM before they can appoint a current or recent political appointee to a competitive or non-political excepted service position at any level under the provisions of title 5, United States Code.  If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employee in the executive branch, you MUST disclose that to the Human Resources Officer.

 

If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by the closing date of the announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. The proof includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty station. To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, you must earn a minimum score of 85 or above (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference) on the rating criteria for this position.
 
Recruitment methods and selection procedures will be based solely on merit after fair and open competitive, and will be made without regard to political, religious, or labor organization affiliation or non-affiliation, marital status, race, color, sex, national origin, non-disqualifying disability, sexual orientation, or age.

 

A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the U.S. Department of the Interior.  The preliminary background check consists of a search of Office of Personnel Management and Department of Defense background investigation files and an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check; it may take up to 3 weeks to complete.  If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check.  Current Federal employees or individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Bureau security office. 



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, November 18, 2013  to receive consideration.

*   To begin, click Apply Online  to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

*   Click the Submit My Answers  button to submit your application package.

*   It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

*   To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

*   To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application  in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
   ·Resume

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·DD-214
   ·OF-306
   ·Other Veterans Document
   ·SF-15
   ·SF-50
   ·Transcript

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1.    To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page  http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID   is 780723.

2.    Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, November 18, 2013.  to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

1.    Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire        View Occupational Questionnaire.

2.    Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items  http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf .

3.    Fax all six pages of the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying.  It is strongly recommended that you use the USAJobs Resume Builder as it was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed.  The Resume Builder is available at https://my.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/ResumeAndApplicationTips#icc .

Your application package must include:
Resume showing relevant experience as written in your own words.
• Completed online Assessment Questionnaire or faxed OPM Form 1203FX.
College transcript is required for verification of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, an official transcript may be requested at a later time.
• Certificates, license, etc. (if applicable)
• Veterans Preference Documentation (if applicable)
      o If claiming 5 point preference:
         • DD-214 (member 4 copy or copy that shows nature of service)
         • If you are currently serving on active duty, an official Statement of Service from your command.
            OR
       o Other Official Documentation (e.g. copy of military orders, campaign documents such as: expeditionary award citation, etc.) that proves your military service was performed under HONORABLE conditions and that your service meets the OPM criteria for veterans preference to be awarded.
      o If claiming 10-point preference:
         • A completed Standard Form (SF)-15 (available at
http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf) and the proof required by the SF-15 checklist based on type of preference claimed.

 

NOTE: If you submit an incomplete application, you will be given credit only for the information you provide. You are responsible for submitting all required documentation in support of your application in order to receive full credit for your experience, education, training, and/or veterans preference.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

HR Assistant
Phone: (703)787-1446
Email: HUMAN.RESOURCES2@BSEE.GOV
Agency Information:
BSEE GOMR
1201 Elmwood Park Blvd
New Orleans, LA
70123-2394

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

If you are rated as one of the best qualified candidates, you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. After a selection is made all applicants for this position will be notified of their status either by letter or e-mail.


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Job Announcement Number:

BSEE-CW-13-MM780723 (DEU)

Control Number:

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